Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783606887 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607358 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare

New Edition

Victor Kiernan

Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare

Victor Kiernan

Distributed for Zed Books

320 pages | 5 x 9 | © 1996, 2016
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783606887 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607358 Published February 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Shakespeare’s era, dominated by social and economic upheavals, also saw an increase in tragic drama. The playwright’s famous eight tragedies, Kiernan argues, represent the artistic expression of a new social and political consciousness that permeated every aspect of life. Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare provides an in-depth analysis of each tragedy, examining recurring themes in a historical context and exploring attitudes at the time toward monarchy, war, religion, philosophy, and shifting gender roles. A vivid and absorbing portrait of a writer and his times, Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare is a rich resource for anyone searching for radical new insight into the life of the world’s greatest dramatist.
Contents
Foreword

Part I: Programmatic

Part II: Introductory
1. The Condition of England
2. The Theatre
3. Shakespeare and Tragedy
4. The Tragic Road
5. The Others

Part III: The Plays
1. Julius Caeser (1598-99)
2. Hamlet (1600-01)
3. Othello (1603-04)
4. King Lear (1605-06)
5. Macbeth (1606)
6. Timon of Athens (1606-08)
7. Anthony and Cleopatra (1606-08)
8.    oriolanus (1608)

Part IV: Tragic Themes
1. The Hero
2. Villains and Revengers
3. Man and Superman
4. War
5. Political Shadows
6. Women and Men
7. Religion and Philosophy
8. Endings and Beginnings
Review Quotes
Terry Eagleton, from the foreword
“One would have to search very far to find another commentator on Shakespeare’s plays so alert to the material conditions from which they emerge, and so unfashionably prepared to pass political judgments on them out of an abiding concern for justice.”
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